My table for the money bubble of the tournament included Prahlad Friedman, Brandon Cantu, Mark Seif, Matt Glantz, and Tommy Vedes.
Another table with several million in combined winnings, and definitely a table that wasn't going to nit it up and be scared bubbling the tournament.
That is, except for our buddy Matt Glantz. Despite millions in earnings and the fact that he'd be playing cash in Bobby's Room if he weren't in the tournament, Matt looked like he was trying to get out of the "bottom 10" on Freddy Deeb. I wasn't getting any hands or finding any good spots, and slipped to ~400k as the blinds rose to 10/20k and players were getting eliminated at a pretty quick pace.
Then I busted in a pretty awkward spot with 13 players left where I had raised under the gun with a 395k stack at 10/20k holding 10♣ 10♠. Craig Crivello ended up flopping a set of threes, and with less than two times a pot bet left I wasn't able to get away from my hand.
But I played my A game or damn near it for four straight days, and I although it's disappointing to get so close to the end zone yet again and come up short I'm happy with my run in the tournament. I cashed for 40k and have been playing really well lately, live and online, and this heater is just warming up.
I took down the Lock Poker $33+rebuys tournament on Sunday night, which makes four wins and a 2nd place finish on the site in my last six or seven online sessions.
I also finished 2nd in the Stars $109+rebuys tournament on Monday night to my good friend Anthony "Beldar C" DeVita. I'd like to congratulate him on the win, and on recently getting married.
Fortunately he doesn't get much bragging rights out of this, since he was on such a heater at the final table that he began the heads up match with ~1,400,000 to my ~400,000. He played very well down the stretch and deserved the victory, despite being a true monkey at heart. =)
I fell a bit short this time with Festa, but I'm going to keep playing my best and plugging away. Today I'll be playing the $5k main event of the "some dinky little Caesars Palace tournament series" that I hope will have 100 players in it.
Caesars runs a lot of satellites and I've heard they even comp tournament seats to some of their biggest pit degens who don't even play poker, so it should still be worth showing up. Wish me luck!